Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Faculty member Darren Baker has artwork selected for upcoming Ohio Arts Council exhibition

Darren Baker's work will be part of an upcoming exhibition in Columbus.

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

The artwork of OU-C art faculty member Darren Baker will be presented as part of an upcoming exhibition titled, “Earthy Delights” at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus. The Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s premier artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries.

Baker’s work, titled Vestige, 2010, Giclee Print, will be on display from Aug. 4 to Oct. 8. The exhibition was curated by Marcella Hackbardt.

Baker, a visiting assistant professor, earned his bachelor’s degree in digital imaging and photography from Shawnee State University and his master’s degree in graphic design from Ohio University. He has served on the Ohio Museum Association Board of Directors and was also the director of visual arts at the Southern Museum and Culture Center.

His personal artwork has been exhibited throughout the region, and he uses his experiences as an artist in the classroom to teach his students. 

“The life of an artist is a life of making,” Baker said.  “Whether it is making a clay pot, working in the darkroom, designing a poster or baking bread, making becomes a meditation. As a professor at Ohio University Chillicothe, I hope to inspire my students to work and exhibit as much as possible. Ohio has so many opportunities for emerging and established artists.”

Baker and his fellow OU-C Arts faculty members strive to create courses to fit the artistic interests of both major and non-major students.

“The OU-C Art studios are a dynamic environment,” said Baker. “We offer the widest range of studio classes for art and non-art majors found on any regional campus.”

He believes the addition of new faculty members presents the opportunity for the program to grow even stronger in the future.

“We are very excited to introduce three new adjunct faculty with impressive academic and exhibition credentials: Fatima Azimova in art appreciation and drawing, Todd Reynolds in painting and Jennifer Hansen Gard in ceramics and sculpture,” Baker said.

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